Charles Oliver Buxton
Private 306326 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2/8th Battalion
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield June 1914
Killed in Action Flanders 27th April 1917 : Aged 41
Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.
Private 306326 Charles Oliver Buxton was born May 1877 in Brampton, Derbyshire. No.5 Dealing Yard, Chesterfield addressed 1881 Buxton household, where coal miner William Buxton and wife Louisa parented 3 sons. Additional children notes some movement before settling into Newcastle Street, Hucknall-under-Huthwaite, where father and sons from 13 years age gain employment at New Hucknall Colliery, listing 1891 head William Buxton 40, wife Louisa 41, William 24, Samuel 19, Charles Oliver 13, Herbert 12, plus daughters Cecil 5, and Louisa 3.
Mr Charles Oliver Buxton wed Mrs Maryann Duffel Buxton from Sutton in 1900. Huthwaite 1911 census identifies family home at 56 Newcastle Street, lastly listing Head, William Oliver Buxton 35, wife Maryann Duffel 34, daughter Lomsa Hetter 15 and son Samuel 10, before husband and father Charles voluntarily enlisted June 1914 at Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Private 306326 Charles Oliver Buxton began military duties in Ireland. The 2/8th Battalion Territorial Force returned to England's Salisbury Plain January 1917, to be mobilised for war landing in France the following month. Pte C O Buxton was ultimately killed in action among Flanders fields at the age of 41. He was given Roll of Honour in the Huthwaite Parish Church and upon the Huthwaite cemetery War Memorial, which did not list natural death and burial in grounds of his brother Pte Herbert Buxton.
Official intimation of the death of Private Charles Oliver Buxton, 306322, 2/8th Sherwood Foresters, was received by his widow (Greenwood Mount, Huthwaite) last Saturday morning, following a sympathetic letter from the chaplain of the regiment. He was 41 last May, and enlisted in June, 1915, being then employed at New Hucknall Colliery. He was in Ireland 10 months of last year after the rebellion, and went to France in February of this year. He was a native of Chesterfield but had lived in Huthwaite for the last 16 years. He leaves a wife, a son of 16 years, and also an adopted grandchild.
The following letters have been received:-
"You no doubt have heard by now that your husband is reported as missing, believed wounded, since April 27th. May I assure you of my deep sympathy with you in your trouble. If we get any news of him you shall know at once. He is highly spoken of by both officers and men, and is greatly missed. May God strengthen and comfort you, and bring you good news of your husband.-Stanley Hide, Chaplain (Church of England)"
"I am sorry to tell you that there is now no doubt that you husband has been killed. His body has been found by another battalion and buried in a British cemetery not far from where he fell. May God bless and comfort you and grant him rest. -Stanley Hide, Chaplain."